Demand for construction skills is at an all-time high, meaning there has never been a better time to look for your latest role or opt for a career change into the construction industry. But do you have the skills required to apply for the multitudes of job opportunities out there?

The construction industry is currently facing a significant skills shortage, with experts forecasting that the industry will need to recruit 216,800 new workers by 2025 in order to meet demand for skilled professionals.

Whilst this may sound positive due to the amount of roles that will become available in coming years, currently there aren’t enough workers carrying the skills required to take on these roles. For construction workers, however, this figure showcases the significant amount of opportunities available, if they have the right skills.

So if you are considering upskilling or are looking to enter the construction industry, here are just some of the skills prospective employers will be looking for in 2022 and beyond…

Green skills

Industries globally are looking at ways in which they can reduce their impact on the environment as we all continue to tackle the impact of climate change.

The construction industry is no different, and there are numerous strategies in place to make activity ‘greener’, with an aim to reach that all important Net Zero Carbon. As a result of this, construction workers will need to be knowledgeable on green construction skills and methods. If you don’t already have this, now is the time to invest in upskilling to ensure you can meet future requirements on site.

Building and engineering knowledge

Whilst this may seem like a fairly obvious point to make, building and engineering methods, as well as best practices and regulations are ever-changing, therefore ensuring you are continually meeting these standards is critical.

How you do this will entirely depend on your specialism, but if you are looking at ways in which to up your game in this area, your employer or chosen recruiter will be able to guide you in the right direction.


More and more, technology is playing a huge role in construction, and businesses are quickly adopting these new technologies to make projects run more efficiently and accurately.

Whether it’s virtual reality, building information modelling (BIM), augmented reality or even the use of drones, employers are seeking candidates with these skills now more than ever.

Want to learn more about the skills our clients our currently seeking in candidates? Get in touch with the We Build team today on 0161 519 8584.